Robins Regional Chamber Member News



MACON, GA– James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, a full-service law Firm with offices in Macon and Atlanta, announces the addition of attorney Christopher Gordon to the Firm’s General Litigation practice group.

Christopher “Chris” Gordon has experience in several thousand criminal cases; hundreds of contested motion hearings; bench trials; sentencing hearings and other hotly contested issues. He has extensive jury trial experience in major cases such as murder, rape, drug trafficking, racketeering, embezzlement and fraud related cases. Chris has also represented the State before the appellate courts of Georgia, served as lead trial counsel in complex death penalty litigation and many other functions of the Georgia Courts. In addition to criminal experience, Chris has significant civil experience in asset forfeiture and nuisance actions. Chris’ extensive trial experience and prosecution record brings a unique perspective to the Firm.

Prior to joining James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP, Chris was an Assistant District Attorney with the Oconee Judicial Circuit. He earned his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in 2012 and his B.A. in Political Science from Valdosta State University in 2009.

James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP is excited to have the experience, knowledge, values and commitment that Chris brings to the team. His new contact information is as follows:

Christopher Gordon



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Thursday April 4th Flint Energies will join forves with Gottwals Books to give Flint Energies memebers a SUDDEN Impact!

Between 3 and 6 p.m. on April 4, Flint members will receive $10 worth of books when they show their Co-op Connections Card or App to Flint representatives.

Perry and Warner Robins locations only.


Macon adds jobs in February

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Macon added jobs in December.

At the same time, the unemployment rate decreased. Macon maintained annual growth in many critical measures across the seven-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

“We’ve started strong in 2019,” Butler said. “Communities across the state added jobs, workers and improved employment. That is very good to see.”

The unemployment rate climbed by .9 percent in January but fell by .6 percent in February, to reach 4.3 percent.  A year ago, the rate was 4.6 percent.

The labor force in Macon grew by 137 in January but fell by 554 in February to reach 104,533. That number is down by 1,176 over the past year – an average monthly decrease of about 100.

Macon lost 740 employed residents in January but gained 103 in February, bringing the total to 100,074. The number is down 722 for the year, or about 60 per month.

Macon lost 1,400 jobs in January but added 200 jobs in February bringing the total to 103,500. The job total in Macon is up 1,000 over the year – an average increase of 80 per month.

Claims for unemployment insurance increased by 70 percent in January but decreased by 49 percent in February. They were down by 13 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 1,647 active job postings in metro Macon for February.

Warner Robins sets record in February

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Warner Robins kicked off 2019 by setting a new record for jobs.

In the two-month cycle of January and February, Warner Robins posted monthly gains in jobs, labor force and employed residents.  The unemployment rate fell in February for the three-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

“We’ve started strong in 2019,” Butler said. “Communities across the state added jobs, workers and improved employment. That is very good to see.”

Overall, Warner Robins ended February with 76,900 jobs. That’s an increase of about 1,700 from the job total as of a year ago.

Warner Robins also posted gains for jobs in:

  • Private services
  • Federal government.

The unemployment rate inched up in early 2019, driven by gains in the workforce. The rate climbed 0.8 percent in January but then fell by 0.6 percent in February, settling at 4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.3 percent.

Nationally, the rate for February was 3.8 percent.

The labor force increased in January by 523 and February by another 34. The February total was 86,721. That number is up by 137 from the total from February 2018.

Warner Robins ended February with 83,254 employed residents.  The number dipped by 148 in January and rose by 536 in February to net at an increase of 388 over the two-month cycle.

The numbers of unemployment claims fell in February by 72 percent and were up   in January by 112 percent. When compared to last February, claims were down by 5 percent.

In February, claims were down in manufacturing and accommodation/food service.

The MSA includes Houston, Peach and Pulaski counties.



Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) recently welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors. Rev. Dr. Avis Williams joined the Board in February, representing Putnam County.

Williams, the community liaison for the Putnam County Charter School (PCCS), brings to the Board more than twenty years of education and community development experience.

“I think the mission of the College and Technical Education is to promote and provide opportunities for students to receive the necessary education, training and skills needed for successful navigation in today’s society,” Williams said. “It’s not just about teaching someone how to get a job, but instead about successful student career preparation.”

“I’ve devoted my life to serving others, trying to make a difference in their lives.  I am willing to do whatever is necessary to help open doors of opportunity and access for students and their families, no matter their age.”

Williams served as pastor of Lake Oconee Community Church from 2007 to 2018, organizing its Youth Alliance, a collaborative partnership between the Greensboro Housing Authority, the Greene County Schools, and PCCS, that provides cultural, historical, and educational enrichment for the students with a four-week summer program and regular semester activities for students, parents, church, and community volunteers.

Williams can attribute her career success to her collaborative approach.

“I wanted to make sure that students strove for academic excellence, while being offered practical hands-on opportunities for learning through collaborative partnerships with local citizens,” she said of her time leading the Youth Alliance.

Williams holds a Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry, a Masters of Divinity in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry in Theology from Emory University. From 1996 to 2010, she owned Envirohazard Consultants of Covington, Ga., an environmental, health, and safety consulting company that provided training, environmental assessments, for governmental agencies and local businesses.

She has served on the boards of numerous community organization including, the Plaza Arts Center, Saint Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, and Life Source Food Distribution in Eatonton, Georgia.



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